The pandemic has left many without a job, but with an increasing number of administered vaccine doses each day, we are beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel! So, are you ready to begin job hunting again? First things first: a good CV is pivotal to making a lasting impression. Keep reading to find our suggestions.
1. Stand out. When an employer is hiring, they are bound to receive hundreds of CVs that look all the same. One mistake that people keep making, especially in countries such as Italy and Spain, is to consistently use the Europass template: our advice is to do so only when it is explicitly required by the call. In all other cases, use your creativity! Let your CV speak for you from the first glance. No one ever said all CVs should be black text on a white page. An original CV tells the viewer that YOU CARE enough to put all the time and effort in standing out.
2. Adapt. Ever heard the maxim “looking for a job is a job in itself?” It might be easy to give in to the temptation of preparing a one-for-all-purpose CV, but this is possibly the biggest mistake that people can make while job hunting. If you are sending your CV to different places, you will need to adapt the information you display for each prospective employer. A corporation might not care about the impact factors of the journals you have published in. Listing your summer job selling icecream is completely uninteresting if you’re applying for an academic position.
3. Be concise. Nobody has time to waste nowadays: neither you, nor your prospective employer. Try to fit all relevant information in one page. If you look at typical CVs structured by lines of text, there is plenty of wasted space that you can use creatively. Do not go back to your high school education, no one cares (unless, well, you’re just out of high school). An effort to make your CV easy to read should include using text that is easy on the eyes (high text/background contrast, standard fonts, no flashy colors).
4. Do not insert sensitive information unless it is strictly required and specified in the call (and even then… make sure they have the right to ask you that). For example: a nice photo of you looks good on the CV, but some countries have antidiscrimination policies in place that forbid sharing your photograph on a resume, so get knowledgeable on these aspects before applying. Be especially careful with gender, age, and family status, as this information might be the basis for bias and discrimination. In contrast, nationality should be included because the employer might have to obey local regulations on immigration and visa: they won’t like to waste time on you if they already know that they cannot hire you.
5. Do not lie. This one should go without saying, but it’s best reminded anyway. Be truthful about your skills and competences. Do not say you’re used to working in diverse and multinational environments if you’ve had one foreign colleague during a 1-month internship. Make sure that whatever you write on your CV can adequately be motivated during an interview.
Would you like your CV to look like the one in the picture? We can customize your CV at your request!